Eamon Deasy Park where tonight's game took place
LIMERICK MOVED INTO a share of top spot in the SSE Airtricity League First Division after a 1-0 win in Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night.
Sean McSweeney netted the only goal of the game on the night just past the half-hour mark, but they deserved the points in truth.
There’s always a lot of familiarity, as always, between the sides. Three of Limerick’s back four – Shaun Kelly, Robbie Williams and Shane Tracy – had previously lined out for the Tribesmen, as had Colm Walsh-Loghlen.
While United’s main goal threats, Vinny Faherty and Jeff McGowan, had previously lined out in the blue of Limerick at the Markets Field.
That familiarity wouldn’t have hindered Limerick either, as their previous trips to Eamonn Deacy Park have proved rather fruitful, having qualified for an FAI Cup semi-final at the venue.
They started with no fear, either as the hosts were clearly under the pressure of a side who have lost their last three home games in a row.
Connor Ellis’ inclusion as a lone striker hasn’t always worked, but his runs into channels either side of the full-backs proved an excellent outball all night.
This wasn’t a game high in quality, but it was a game that had its narrative ready to publish from the word-go, due to the experience levels between the sides and the confidence disparity.
Limerick believed the goals would come, while three one-nil losses in a row had Galway on the edge.
There’s no doubt the away side were better on the night, led by the tricky Colm Walsh-O’Loghlen, but their goal had a touch of fortune when it did come.
Walsh O’Loghlen cut in from the left before slapping a shot goalwards, which in turn struck Connor Ellis. His effort then fell into the path of Sean McSweeney who couldn’t miss.
The second half was standard First Division fare, with Limerick settling for what they had fifteen minutes from the end. It’s a bold strategy normally, but Galway were toothless and deservedly found themselves bottom by game’s end.
Tommy Barrett might feel Limerick have another level in them that they haven’t shown yet this season but picking up big wins in games where you don’t play particularly well is the best habit in football.
Galway United: Andrea Werner; Maurice Nugent, Stephen Walsh, Cian Murphy, Marc Ludden; Conor Melody, Mark Hannon (Christopher Horgan, 73), Donal Higgins (Shane Doherty, 74), Colin Kelly; Conor Barry; Jeff McGowan (Vinny Faherty, 61).
Subs not Used: James Tierney, Wilson Waweru Joe Collins, Dara Costelloe.
Limerick: Jack Brady; Shaun Kelly, Killian Brouder, Robbie Williams, Shane Tracy; Jason Hughes, Darren Murphy; Karl O’Sullivan (Aaron Fitzgerald, 90), Sean McSweeney, Colm Walsh-O’Loghlen (Kieran Hanlon, 84); Connor Ellis.
Subs not Used: Tommy Holland, Lee Devitt, Tomas O’Connor, Ger Barry, Adam Foley.
Referee: Garvin Taggart.